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USC student body president remains concerned about Five Points safety

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Lindsay Richardson, USC student body president Lindsay Richardson, USC student body president
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

In response to this weekend's shooting in Five Points, USC's president is calling on local law enforcement to step up patrols in Five Points.

The student body president said she would like to see something done, too.

Lindsay Richardson is a junior at USC.

She said she spends more time in Five Points during the day, but knows a lot of students visit the bars and restaurants late at night.

USC student Martha Childress was hit by a stray bullet in Five Points last fall and was left paralyzed.

Richardson said something needs to be done to make sure students are safe.

"After seeing one tragedy happen and just hearing about a recent one this past weekend, it is a kind of worry and fear for myself and I guess a lot of students at Carolina," Richardson said. "I guess just because, you never know, that could be you the next night."

Richardson said she has talked with student government about improved lighting in Five Points.

On Saturday, President Harris Pastides released a statement saying he wants the City of Columbia to make changes and implement effective change for a safer Five Points.

"…Our community narrowly avoided another tragedy in Five Points," Pastides said in the statement. "The facts that the gunshots fired did not cause serious injury, and that no USC students were involved, do not make the consequences any less real to our campus or to our neighbors… Now is the time to implement effective change for a safer Five Points. What more will it take to pick up the pace of action?"

A spokesperson for the Columbia Police Department said no arrests have been made in connection with Saturday's shooting.

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